A loan of $450 helped o buy supplies.

Bertha's story

Bertha is 45 years old and is a hardworking and dedicated woman. Her husband, Miguel, is a teacher and they have four children: 25 year old Menas, 22 year old Miguel, 19 year old Milka, and 15 year old Kety. They own their home.

She sells groceries from a store within her home. Having seen the success of her friends in the same business, she decided to invest in the same type. She started two years ago, with her son’s help in serving customers in her absence. She also does native arts and crafts, a trade she learned from her parents. She makes them at home and sells them on foot, giving her additional income. She likes both businesses because they are quiet and she doesn’t have to put in too much physical effort. It also allows her to have some free time for other activities and care for her young children.

This will be her fifth loan through MFP and hopes to continue with her objectives. She also feels comfortable with her communal bank because the members cooperate, are united, and support one another.

She will invest the solicited amount of 1,200 PEN in supplies to make arts and crafts, such as calico cloth for embroidered blankets, tints, thread, and other things.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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